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“Secluded bays,great hill country and swimming with dolphins.”

Adventure Bay of Plenty - Day Tours
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We engaged this firm and found everything handled brilliantly.
Here is what we found. firstly,you can understand why this is New Zealanders premier holiday location. But there is more......forest fringed inlets,coves and sand dunes leading to popular beaches,one beautiful beach after another.
Up the coastal cliffs to the volcanic peak,Mauao,still fizzes with lots of steam. By walking,and hiking to secluded bays like Otarawaiwere,you follow well -trodden tracks among giant kauri trees.
Bought a snorkel set,as there is no shortage of places to snorkel or swim with dolphins.........If your bent is deep sea fishing or kayaking, its all here.
This area is 2-3 hours away from Auckland,offering a mix of rugged and forested hill-country,rich plains with agricultural tracks.

2  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We had just spent a totally fantastic morning with Grant on the Bay of Plenty. We then all agreed to do another tour in the evening for the Glow Worms.

Wow....The soft evening dusk greeted us with black swans dancing on top of the water and that beautiful time between day and night. Then, as the dusk left and the shadows took over we felt like we were about to begin a great adventure like a India Jones Movie. As Grant explained what he expected of us we moved into the Canyan area.....little lights glows on the walls, as the night fell we were speechless. Live fairy lights glimmered amongst us and reflected off the water.

Further more, Grant continued the experience with a night time walk into the park.
On a bridge we stood with the lamplights turned off.....WOW...Glimmering lights surrounded us.
I actually felt tears in my eyes from the sheer beauty of the experience.

If you want laughter, fun and value for money then THIS is the company you should choose.
There are loads of others.....but Grant is an owner/operator and this shows in the enthusiasm that he puts into his tours and the way he creates an unforgettable experience.

2  Thank KiddHouse
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Our cruise ship docked in Tauranga at 8AM and by 8:30 we joined a small group of friends for a full day of culinary experiences in The Bay of Plenty. Kiwi, the world's healthiest food, grows better here than in any other place in the world. We toured Kiwi 360 a Kiwi orchard where we walked into the orchards and sat under the kiwi vines for a lecture about the history and commercial development of the kiwi fruit. Did not know there is a " yellow" kiwi prized in China and Japan and not available in the USA. We had NO idea of the significance of this fruit. They served us morning tea and kiwi juice and scones with kiwi jam. The large gift shop had many interesting kiwi products. From here we continued to travel inland past the many lakes of Rotorua to Whakarewarewa. This is a geothermal valley created more than 40,000 years ago and filled with hot springs, bubbling pools and gushing geysers. The Maori have inhabited this land since the early 14th century. And they continue to use the geothermal pools for cooking " kai" their word for food. We were hosted by Maori at Te Puia a working village that continues to teach the skills of the Maori people like wood carving and weaving. We had a local guide who walked us down through the valley to a private area that overlooked our own geothermal pool. A tent and tables were set up for us to enjoy preparing our food the traditional way placing our food in a woven bag which was lowered into the pool where it cooked very quickly and naturally in the super hot water! We cooked large mussels, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, prawns and eggs! We were offered champagne and wine/beer as well as iced tea or kiwi juice, beautiful salads, homemade breads and fruit and bread puddings for dessert. While our food cooked we were able to prepare tasty dips using traditional Maori native herb alternatives. DELICIOUS!! Just as the meal was ending, their large geyser erupted and continued to erupt for about 15 minutes allowing us to take great photos. Our guide and chef offered interesting and colorful commentary about the importance of location in the choices and availability of food to the indigenous people. This continues to be important today. We then toured the village and watched the apprentice craftspeople carving wood and weaving reeds. .... Most people head to Rotorua and the spa hotels, thermal pools etc.. We were not interested in this especially since we had only one day to explore the area. But these tours would be available to anyone staying in the Rotorua area and definitely worth experiencing.

1  Thank JMac28046
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

I bought a voucher for a seal kayak around the Mount nearly 2 years ago but after one thing or another (Rena crashing, high winds, broken ankles....!) I changed my tour to the glowworm kayak and am glad I did. It was awesome. Grant was a great guide and gave us a fantastic tour. The river was like glass and reflected the stars beautifully. The canyon on the lake was incredible with little glowing bugs everywhere. Next came a short walk into the forest to the waterfall - all in the dark, which made it more exciting....where we sat on a bridge in the dark and were surrounded by the tiny lights. Completely magical.
Would highly recommend this tour to everybody. Thanks Grant for being so patient with the voucher!

Thank Nadine B
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Tim guided Jackie and me for a special day of sea kayaking,hiking and biking in the tauranga area.We arrived by cruise ship and felt our full day was a great value...Tim was not only athletic, he was knowledgable about geography and fauna...thanks Grant for the experience...boofus36 michigan

Thank Jerry B
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